Argentine Woman Becomes Latin America’s First Transgender Police Chief

An Argentine woman recently became the first on-duty transgender police chief in all of Latin America. 

?This is a milestone,? Analía Pasantino told The Associated Press on Thursday. ?It?s an unprecedented and important step to show Latin America and the world that we are an open institution.?

Pasantino?s recent feat came at a price. Despite having served as a decorated officer for 20 years while presenting as male, she was forced to take a leave of absence after she came out as a transgender woman in 2008.

For years, she would provide several psychiatric evaluations hoping to be reinstated on the police force, but a committee would continue to extend her leave and declare her unfit to serve.  

?[Being transgender] was always seen as illness,? the 49-year-old told AP. ?As crude as it sounds, the final diagnosis was: a disturbance in gender identity that made me unrecoverable to the police force.?

But Pasantino insisted and was finally publicly reinstated into the federal police force on May 8, and was appointed deputy police commissioner in the judicial communications department. She was accompanied by her wife, Silvia Mauro, who has been by her side for 31 years and throughout her transition.

?After a long process, which included irregular administrative situations, actions without grounds and notable discrimination, the federal Ministry of Security resolved to reincorporate Pasantino, who meets every requirement and conditions to serve in the force, to the Division of Judicial Communications of the Federal Police,? said a press statement by the Ministry of Security, published by Argentine newspaper La Nación.  

Watch the video above to learn more about Pasantino.  

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Moms Take Emotional Photos With Their Preemies In The NICU

Having a preemie in the hospital can be an emotional rollercoaster for parents. That?s why Saint Luke?s Hospital in Kansas City decided to bring a little joy to the NICU.

In honor of Mother?s Day, the hospital teamed up with March of Dimes to give moms of preemies professional photos with their babies. 

For the photo shoots, the mothers engaged in skin-to-skin bonding with their babies ? a practice that has many benefits for both parties. The photographers were also moms, some of whom previously had preemies in the NICU.

?Finding ways to spend quality time is sometimes hard to do in the NICU, where babies who are premature or critically ill are often fragile and under constant care,? notes a press release for the initiative. ?Skin-to-skin care, also called kangaroo care, or holding a diapered baby against a bare chest, is recommended by the March of Dimes and health experts worldwide.?

Keep scrolling to see some sweet Mother?s Day photos of strong NICU mamas and their little fighters. 

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Support For Gay Marriage Reaches A New High

A record high number of adults say that gay marriage should be legal in the United States, according to a new poll released on Monday.

Gallup first started tracking the question in 1996, and 68 percent then said gay marriage shouldn?t be legally valid. Now, the trend has basically reversed, with 64 percent saying it should be legal and 34 percent saying it shouldn?t.

This is a slight increase from Gallup?s annual poll on values and beliefs, which least year found 61 percent said it should be legal.

While the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in 2015, state laws still differ when it comes to protection from various kinds of discrimination for LGBTQ individuals.

Support for gay marriage has grown among all parties since 1996. Seventy-four percent of Democrats approve ? down from 79 last year ? as do 71 percent of independents and 47 percent of Republicans. Despite the fact that Democrats? approval has decreased slightly, Republicans and independents have both reached a record high of those who say gay marriage should be legally recognized.

Finally, the number of highly religious people who support gay marriage has also increased. A majority of U.S. Catholics ? 55 percent ? approve of gay marriage, compared to 27 percent in the early 2000s. In April of last year, Pope Francis urged members of the Catholic church to be more accepting of gay and lesbian relationships.

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted May 3-7, 2017, with a random sample of 1,011 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

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